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Idea Use Curves
written by Alex Axthelm, Michael C. Wittmann, Carolina Alvarado, and Laura A. Millay
A variety of tools have been created to understand student performance on multiple-choice tests, including analysis of normalized gain, item response curves, and more. These methods typically focus on correct answers. Many incorrect responses contain value and can be used as building blocks for instruction, but present tools do not account for productive reasoning leading to an incorrect response. Inspired by Item Response Curves, we introduce Idea Use Curves, which relate frequency with which an idea is used to student performance. We use this tool to consider ideas which may be present in both correct responses and distractors, letting us attend more to students' conceptual understanding. This tool is made with the goal of identifying ideas that are consistently used by students who perform well or poorly, allowing researchers and instructors to look beyond the "correct/incorrect" paradigm. We explore student reasoning about energy as a proof of concept for this method.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 43-46
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Education - Basic Research
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2015.pr.006
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0962805
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PERC 2015
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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December 17, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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A. Axthelm, M. Wittmann, C. Alvarado, and L. Millay, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13831&DocID=4249).
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A. Axthelm, M. Wittmann, C. Alvarado, and L. Millay, Idea Use Curves, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13831&DocID=4249>.
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Axthelm, A., Wittmann, M., Alvarado, C., & Millay, L. (2015, July 29-30). Idea Use Curves. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved June 25, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13831&DocID=4249
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Axthelm, A, M. Wittmann, C. Alvarado, and L. Millay. "Idea Use Curves." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13831&DocID=4249 (accessed 25 June 2017).
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Axthelm, Alex, Michael Wittmann, Carolina Alvarado, and Laura Millay. "Idea Use Curves." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 43-46 of PER Conference. 25 June 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13831&DocID=4249>.
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